AMHERST, Mass. - Two members of the University of Massachusetts community were honored last night, March 13, by the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council (MTC). Joseph I. Goldstein, dean of the College of Engineering, and James Kurose, professor and former head of the computer science department, were named Workforce Development Leaders of the Year.
AMHERST, Mass. - Approximately 55 University of Massachusetts students will spend their spring break next week volunteering for community service projects in several communities, including the nearby city of Holyoke and three Virginia towns.
AMHERST, Mass. - Human-service workers at the state Departments of Mental Health (DMH) and Mental Retardation (DMR), and in the provider agencies funded by these departments, are earning their bachelor’s degrees in human services thanks to an innovative program run through University Without Walls (UWW) at the University of Massachusetts. The program offers night and weekend classes to allow full-time workers to earn their degrees and makes it possible for them to receive credit for the learning they have acquired through experience in the field
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts has received a $750,000 grant from the W. M. Keck Foundation of Los Angeles. The grant will establish a W.M. Keck Foundation Nanostructures Laboratory at UMass. The laboratory will be used for research conducted by Thomas Russell of polymer science and engineering, and James Watkins of chemical engineering, as well as several collaborators. Nanotechnology involves the creation of new materials or devices with highly specialized properties or uses by controlling the assembly of building blocks ten thousand times smaller than a human hair. The grant is among the five largest received from a private foundation at the Amherst campus.
AMHERST, Mass. - In an effort to respond to fiscal realities and to strengthen the campus''s athletic base, the University of Massachusetts is reducing its number of intercollegiate sports from 29 to 22 at the end of the current academic year. The seven sports to be eliminated are: women''s volleyball; men''s and women''s water polo; men''s and women''s gymnastics; men''s tennis; and men''s indoor track and field. The cuts will allow the University to reallocate some scholarship funds, and will allow UMass to remain in compliance with Title IX and exceed the proportionality requirements of the law.
AMHERST, Mass. - Novelist John Katzenbach knows what it''s like to see a book he''s written be turned into a movie. It has happened to him three times, most recently with his book Hart''s War, the film version of which opened in February and stars Bruce Willis.
AMHERST, Mass. - Beginning March 24, University of Massachusetts Transit Services will provide expanded shuttle service on campus. As of that date, buses will run until 2:33 a.m. daily, instead of ending service at 1 a.m. as they do currently. In addition, a new campus shuttle will be added on Saturdays and Sundays, beginning at 5 p.m. and operating until 2:33 a.m. The shuttle utilizes full-sized, handicap-accessible buses that are radio and camera-equipped. There is no charge to UMass students for the bus service.
AMHERST, Mass. - Writers from the University of Massachusetts are working with students in a Franklin County school district to improve their writing skills and inspire interest in literature, particularly contemporary poetry and fiction.
AMHERST, Mass. - The organizers of the UMass Amherst Region 1 Science Fair are seeking additional judges for this year’s event, scheduled for Tues. March 26 at the Student Union Ballroom on the UMass campus. Citing outstanding student interest in the event this year, more judges are needed, especially in the fields of biology and environmental science, said Mary Musgrave, associate dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and organizer of the regional fair.
AMHERST, Mass. - Earlier today, Residence Assistants (RAs) and Community Development Assistants (CDAs) at the University of Massachusetts voted to be represented for purposes of collective bargaining by Local 2322 of the United Auto Workers. A total of 238 ballots were cast. The vote was 138 in favor of the union, 88 against the union. There were 12 challenged ballots. Approximately 360 were eligible to vote.